Water, Water Everywhere But Not A Drop To Drink

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Keeping the body hydrated is an essential part of daily life. Without water, the body struggles to lubricate the joints, maintain a healthy temperature, and remove waste. Direct knock-on effects of this happening are migraines, weight gain, and tiredness and fatigue. An H2O shortage is incredibly dangerous which is why dehydration is a constant battle everyone needs to fight.

Unfortunately, you might be losing the war. According to research, 50% of kids and teens aren’t getting the hydration they need, and adults aren’t far behind. This means you and your children might be at serious risk of health problems. And, the season doesn’t matter. Summer is an obvious sticking point, yet winter is also hazardous as people shirk their responsibilities. Whether it’s June or January, your body generally needs the same amount of H2O to function.

Because you don’t want you or your family to experience problems, it’s essential to start drinking more water. However, it’s not always easy to do as thirst is a bad indicator. Therefore, people leave too late. Thankfully, there are strategic ways to take water on board. Continue reading to find out more.


Don’t Be A Java Jo

The average person drinks up to six cups of coffee per day. That’s a massive amount of caffeine which surges through your system, not to mention sugar and milk. All of these combine to soak up the water content in your body, which is why it’s important to cut down on your daily cappuccinos. And, you can replace it with water by carrying around a bottle every time you reach for the kettle.

A wise move is to slowly wean yourself off the caffeine over a long period so that you don’t suffer from withdrawals. While this sounds over the top, it’s true that coffee addicts have cravings if they go cold turkey and remove it from their diet altogether. The good news is that caffeinated water is an alternative to coffee and it doesn’t have any of the side-effects. Without the sugar and added supplements, you’ll get a hit and the all the energy of before as well as a shot of H2O.

Or, you might prefer to cherish one or two cups per day and replace the rest with glasses of water. How you achieve your goal is a personal choice.

Channel Your Inner Foodie

Do you love to eat? Does the idea of any mealtime fill you with excitement? Lots of people are foodies and enjoy trying new things and experimenting. The great thing about this attitude is that it allows you to kill two birds with one stone. Swapping parts of your diet with foodstuffs which have high water content is a simple way to drink more. Yes, it counts regardless of its origins.

You need to choose wisely, and there is no better place to start than fruit. While some are high in sugars, they are natural and don’t have the same impact as the refined ones. Plus, certain ones are juicy and drip with water as soon as you take a bite. Watermelon has to be the best example, but the same applies to grapefruit, pears and strawberries. The fantastic thing about this list is the fact they are all delicious as well as healthy.

If you’re a vegetable person, try the likes of spinach, broccoli and Brussel sprouts. Cucumber is the best option water content-wise as it’s 96% H2O which is the most out of any food.

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Work It Out

Exercise is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, it’s also one of the worst ways to lose water. Depending on your weight, you might lose as much as 2% to 3% of your mass while working out. As a rule, 1% is the percentage which is optimal as it doesn’t impact health or energy levels so you can exercise for longer. To find out your number, you should jump on the scales before and after exercise and work out the difference.

Use your gym routine as a means to drink more water by refilling after every session. First of all, you should drink a couple of glasses anyway to top up and ensure you’re not dehydrated. Secondly, you can figure out how much extra you need to drink by taking your sweat output into account. That way, the levels don’t have to drop to a dangerously low percentage and you won’t feel the after effects.

If drinking water after the fact is tricky, try and do it the night before. During sleep, the body is on standby and doesn’t use as much H2O. Therefore, its water content in the morning will be relatively high. If you choose this method, be sure to exercise as soon as you wake up or else you’ll negate the impact.

Stay Flush

Not to get overly graphic, but your pee says a lot about what’s going on under the hood. You might be aware that urine is the best indicator of dehydration as the color matches with the different levels. For example, clear pee is a sign that everything is fine and you’re a-okay. Anything darker bordering on yellow is a warning signal and implies the body needs water ASAP.

Of course, there is no way to tell the color of your urine unless you look at it before flushing. Sorry, but it’s the only way and it’s for the sake of your health so it’s not disgusting. For the guys, this is pretty easy but women will have to do a thorough inspection before reaching for the flusher. If you feel as though it isn’t clear enough, head downstairs and start taking more water on board.

For more info on the different shades and warning signs, you should conduct an internet search. That way, there is something to refer back to and you can get a proper diagnosis without going to a doctor.

There are thousands of ways to drink more water and to stay hydrated. However, the key is to understand your body so that you can make the conscious effort to up your game.

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